Story of a Cactus

A cactus stood all alone in the desert, wondering why it was stuck in the middle of nowhere.

I do nothing but stand tall here all day,” it sighed. “What use am I? I am the ugliest plant in the desert. My spines are thick and prickly, my leaves are rubbery and tough, my skin is thick and bumpy. I can’t offer shade or juicy fruit to any passing traveler. I don’t see that I am any use at all.”

 

All it did was stood in the sun day after day, growing taller and fatter. Its spines grew longer and its leaves tougher, and it swelled here and there until it was lumpy and lopsided all over. It truly was strange-looking. “I wish I could do something useful.” it sighed.

By day hawks circled high overhead. “What can I do with my life?” the cactus called.

Whether they heard or not, the hawks sailed away. At night, the moon floated into the sky and cast its pale glow on the desert floor. “What good can I do with my life?” the cactus repeated. The moon only stared coldly as it mounted its course.

A lizard crawled by, leaving a little trail in the sand with its tail. “What worthy deed can I do?” The cactus asked.

You?” the lizard laughed, pausing a moment. “Worthy deed? Why you can’t do anything! The hawks circled way overhead, tracing delicate patterns for us all to admire. The moon hangs high like a lantern at night, so we can see our ways home to our loved ones. Even I, the lowly lizard have something to do. I decorate the sands with these beautiful brushstrokes as I pull my tail along. But you? You do nothing but get uglier every day.

And so it went on, year after year. At last the cactus grew old and it knew its time was short.

Oh Lord,” it cried out, “I have wondered so long and I have tried so hard. Forgive me if I have failed to find something worthy to so. I fear that now it’s too late,” but just then cactus felt a strange stirring and unfolding, and it knew a surge of joy that erased all despair. At its very tip, like a sudden crown, a glorious flower suddenly opened in bloom.

Never had the desert known such a blossom. Its fragrance perfumed the air far and wide and brought happiness to all passing by. The butterflies paused to admire its beauty, and that night even moon smiled when it rose to find such a treasure.

The cactus heard a voice. “You have waited long,” Lord said. “The heart that’s seeks to do good reflects my glory, and will always bring something worthwhile to the world, something in which all can rejoice – even if for only a moment.

Moral of the Story: In two simple, yet very effective words, “Patience” and “Time”.

Patient is the key. Always have patience and keep working towards your goal no matter how difficulties you pass through, how many critics you face. Never ever get saddened and never get frustrated. Calm.

time_patienceGive time some Time. Time is the most important thing which has the ability to change everything. Whatever work we do it takes time. Tajmahal took 20 long years to get completed and once it got completed, it is known as one of the wonders of the world, it has become the Symbol of Love.

Have passion and be patient towards your goals and at the end of the day, you will find yourself at the top of the world.

Keep Smiling… 🙂

Story Credit: Unknown

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Lighten up your Tunnel – Rowena Marshall

This wonderful day I would like to introduce you one of the beautiful, passionate lady from R - EditSouth Africa. Rowena Marshall.

We met on a group via LinkedIn and became great friends. Got inspired by her life’s lessons. The way she handled her life all alone is truly inspiring. She’s seen ups and downs but never lost courage and kept fighting. Truly inspirational.

Yesterday while talking to her, I asked her if she can write something for my blog.

She says, “When Aviral asked me if I would write something for his blog, I honestly thought he had lost his mind.  What could a 44-year-old, manic-depressive, lonely, single mother have to say that anyone else would want to hear?  I spent a good few minutes thinking about it and realized that no matter who we are, where we come from, what we do, we all have something to share and offer.

She pen downs nicely with beautiful words….

“Life is a wealth of experiences and in sharing them, we can enrich each other’s lives.”

There is a saying “Laugh, and the world laughs with you.  Cry, and you cry alone”.

I have had occasion to experience this saying first hand, and I recently discovered that friends can be found in the strangest places.

Being something of a loner makes going through tough times just a little harder, especially since my main confidant, my Mom, passed away suddenly just two years ago.

A short while ago, I hit a major relationship wobbly and was teetering dangerously on the edge of my sanity and was definitely ready to plunge, head first, into the deep abyss of depression.

rashad_evansAfter opening a link, forwarded by a friend, I discovered the immense benefits of the internet.  Here I found a wealth of multiple motivational sites; self-help blogs; and support groups, where hundreds of faceless, and often nameless people fight their own demons; offer their support, and share their experiences with the rest of us troubled minions… It was here, through sharing, reading, and listening, I gradually found my sanity again, and started my journey towards becoming whole.

We are never really alone.  We may feel like our troubles are insurmountable and that there is no end in sight, and that all we can do is to crumple to the floor, curl up, cry, and wallow in the deep depths of self-pity and anger, and finally just give up the fight.

if-you-ever-dare-to-fight-hatredWAIT!  DON’T!!  WE DON’T NEED TO DO THAT ANYMORE!!!

There IS a way…

There IS light at the end of that long dark tunnel….

The world is FULL of amazing people.  People who want to reach out and touch the souls of total strangers, and bring living and loving back into their lives.

I found this online… and it has changed my life forever.

I learnt the about the simple act of repeating basic affirmations: giving myself permission to love who I am; to be proud of myself; to acknowledge that I am worth more than I give myself credit for.  So many affirmations to feed the soul… the list is just endless.  Yes, I felt stupid doing them at first, but once I started experiencing that positive change, deep inside, feeling stupid suddenly didn’t seem like such a big deal anymore.

imagesThrough this marvelous invention called the internet, I found and made so many wonderful, beautiful friends.

Friends to cry with.

Friends to laugh with.

Friends to share with.

Friends to lean on.

Friends, who are there for me, anytime, day or night.

Friends, who despite having never met me face to face, ask daily about my wellbeing.

Friends, who have nothing to gain or lose, by sharing their stories and their advice…

Friends who care.

I know that I will NEVER have to cry alone, ever again.  And my laughter, well, that flows easily and more often now… because, through this modern marvel, I have found ME.  I have come in contact with a wealth of amazing people, from all over the world, who have the capacity to love, share, help, and care about total strangers.

Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life….

Keep Smiling… 🙂

Criticisms are blessing in disguise

“The nearer you go towards the light, bigger the shadow becomes.”

Same goes with the word Criticism. If you are planning to do something great and incredible, which can drop an impact on the world then you have to cross a lot of barriers and obstacles and these barriers are living bodies, called Critics and obstacles which they throw on you are coined as Criticisms.

criticizingSomeone told me, “The day you start receiving criticisms, feel that you are going in the right direction.”

“The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.”

– Wole Soyinka

We must never take these sharp criticisms so seriously. They are temporary and can be easily overcome if taken them smartly and carefully. I have seen many people in my professional as well as personal life who get carried away by these irrelevant criticisms.

Here are the simple yet very powerful tips to avoid CRITICISMS:

  1. Filter out negative and absorb the positive words
  2. Don’t concentrate on the harsh parts of critics
  3. Keep your mind calm and don’t get excited
  4. Smile when people bombard on you
  5. Stop thinking when critics leave your place or you leave theirs
  6. Change your mood and fresh up your mind
  7. Forget and forgive

Isn’t that simple?

Believe me, I always follow these points and no one can destroy my confidence. I simply love facing critics and as I said earlier, if taken smartly we can learn a lot from them and their harsh speeches. It builds our strength and makes us strong.

“I like criticism. It makes you strong.”

– LeBron James

Receivers are always been beneficiary than givers. Be a strong receiver and learn as much as from these negative givers and turn your life into positive.

“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.”

– Dale Carnegie

Don’t trap yourself inside the room. Open the windows of your heart and keep your mind broad and deal smartly.

Criticisms if taken wisely become blessings in disguise.

Keep Smiling..

Thanks,

Aviral